Graduate studies at Western
In B. Velichkovsky & Duane M. Rumbaugh (eds.), Communicating Meaning: The Evolution and Development of Language. Hillsdale, Nj: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates (1996)
|Abstract||Many studies of language, whether in philosophy, linguistics, or psychology, have focused on highly developed human languages. In their highly developed forms, such as are employed in scientific discourse, languages have a unique set of properties that have been the focus of much attention. For example, descriptive sentences in a language have the property of being "true" or "false," and words of a language have senses and referents. Sentences in a language are structured in accord with complex syntactic rules. Theorists focusing on language are naturally led to ask questions such as what constitutes the meanings of words and sentences and how are the principles of syntax encoded in the heads of language users. While there is an important function for inquiries into the highly developed forms of these cultural products (Abrahamsen, 1987), such a focus can be quite misleading when we want to explain how these products have arisen or the human capacity to use language. The problem is that focusing on its most developed forms makes linguistic ability seem to be a _sui generis_ phenomenon, not related to, and hence not explicable in terms of other cognitive capacities. Chomsky's (1980) postulation of a specific language module equipped with specialized resources needed to process language and possessed only by hum ans is not a surprising result|
|Keywords||No keywords specified (fix it)|
|Categories||categorize this paper)|
|Through your library||Configure|
Similar books and articles
Barry C. Smith (2006). What We Know When We Know a Language. In Ernest Lepore & Barry C. Smith (eds.), Oxford Handbook of Philosophy of Language.
Barry C. Smith (2006). What I Know When I Know a Language. In The Oxford Handbook of Philosophy of Language. Oxford University Press.
Barry C. Smith (2008). What Remains of Our Knowledge of Language? Croatian Journal of Philosophy 8 (22):557-75.
Fee-Alexandra Haase, The Meanings of Beauty: Studies of a Cultural Concept and its Variations in Multi-Lingual Societies of Africa Illustrating the Diversity in Esthetics and Ethnic Terminology.
Alex Barber (ed.) (2003). Epistemology of Language. Oxford University Press.
James R. Hurford (1998). The Evolution of Language and Languages. In [Book Chapter] (Unpublished).
Added to index2009-01-28
Total downloads47 ( #27,569 of 754,397 )
Recent downloads (6 months)1 ( #63,000 of 754,397 )
How can I increase my downloads?